During the sojourn with her cousin, Mary proclaims what is termed her "Magnificat" (after the Latin translation of the first words of her discourse: "My soul magnifies the Lord"). Still shocking for some contemporary Christians, Jesus' mother celebrates a God who has
"brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly." God fills the hungry with good things, she says, and "sends the rich away empty." Imagine a prosperity-gospel preacher saying that God favors the poor!The passage is beloved by liberation theologians, by the poor, and, frankly, by anyone who looks to God for ultimate justice. From then on, Mary had a hard road to slog. Nine months of pregnancy,
to be sure, but also, if you believe even a fraction of what are called the "infancy narratives" in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew,a tiring journey with Joseph to Bethlehem for a census.
Link (here) to the piece in Slate by Fr. James Martin, S.J. entitled, Hail Mary: You may have more in common with the mother of Jesus than you think.